A powerful combination of sociological and demographic forces are propelling Texas from one of the reddest states in the union into a swing blue state.
I am old enough to remember when California was a rock-solid Red State that helped usher Ronald Reagan into the White House back in 1980, and yes, Reagan was the first person I ever voted for. But here in the 21st century, California is a dystopian Liberal state that more and more is coming to resemble a Third World country than the fabled Golden State lauded in stories, songs and movies. You find that a lot in states that are dominated by Liberals and Leftist policies. Now Texas, already a purple state, is flirting with finishing the job of putting lace on the cowboy’s britches.
When Liberals take power, things get bad pretty fast. We’ve already reported to you how California is trying to pass ACR-99, which would make telling gay people about the Bible a crime. Right now, California middle schools are teaching 10-year olds how to use condoms and engage in sodomy. Both the Democrats and the LGBTQ+ are making huge gains in the Lone Star State. If Texas continues its downward trajectory, Trump will have his work cut out for him in 2020.
Dallas to install LGBTQ-themed rainbow crosswalks in Oak Lawn
Ten rainbow crosswalks are set to come to Dallas’ Oak Lawn neighborhood, the historic heart of the city’s LGBTQ scene. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved the crosswalk project as a small part of $1.4 million in street improvements on Cedar Springs Road between Douglas and Oak Lawn avenues.
But the colorful walkways will send a big message, said council member Omar Narvaez, who is openly gay.
“We will be showing not just the residents of Dallas but the entire world that the city of Dallas is a welcoming community,” he said.
Mayor Pro Tem Adam Medrano, who represents Oak Lawn, said the street improvements also will include a gateway monument that identifies the neighborhood with rainbow lights. Cedar Springs has long served as the city’s safe space for LGBTQ residents. Until this year, the road was home to the city’s pride parade. READ MORE
Texas May Be ‘Blue Enough’ To Give Trump Trouble In 2020
FROM THE HILL: There is a significant and growing probability that Texas will become the most consequential swing state in presidential and senatorial elections to come. A campaign in the Lone Star State could cost President Trump the White House next year, even if Texas voters will ultimately choose him.
A powerful combination of demographic forces are propelling Texas from one of the reddest states in the union into a swing state. Democrats will likely make an outside play in Texas ahead of 2020, along with a full run for its projected 41 electoral votes. Texas also stands to gain three seats in Congress after the next census, making it a crucial state for both parties.
Texas demographics today are strikingly similar to those of California in 1990, before Democrats began their seven to nothing streak of Golden State victories in presidential races. Like California in 1990, the Texas population currently hovers around 29 million and is changing rapidly in light of heavy immigration from Mexico. The second generation children of Mexican immigrants have played a major role in keeping California out of Republican reach. This same transformation is taking root in Texas.
Immigration has already had a very tangible impact on Texas politics. While illegal immigrants cannot vote, their children born in the United States are indeed citizens and make up a significant share of the new generation of voters in the southern state. There are around 35 percent of Texans under the age of 18 who are the children of immigrants, a figure that has nearly doubled in the last 30 years. This carries weight.
Young Texas voters overwhelmingly turned out for Beto O’Rourke over incumbent Ted Cruz in the Senate race last year. O’Rourke beat Cruz with 18 year olds to 24 year olds by a margin of 68 percent to 32 percent and with 25 year olds to 29 year olds by a margin of 73 percent to 26 percent. O’Rourke also outperformed the traditional edge Democrats already have among Texas Latino voters by a wide margin of 64 percent to 35 percent.
With these second generation Mexican Americans strongly supporting Democrats at the polls, Texas changing to a purple state could not happen at a more inconvenient time for Trump. His margin in the state in 2016 was the smallest for a Republican nominee since the poor showing of Bob Dole in Texas in 1996. Considering the immense and enduring new wave of left leaning voters that O’Rourke attracted, there is a real chance that Texas will be close enough in 2020 that Republicans cannot take it for granted. READ MORE